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The John Jay Pomeroy Manuscript Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCM 246

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of items carried by, written by, or given to Pomeroy during his chaplaincy at the time of the Civil War. Other items (mostly books) from his study are also included.

Dates

  • 1862-1864

Language of Materials

English

Access

There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Chronology

1834
Born in Roxbury, Pa.
1857
Graduated from Lafayette College
1861
Graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary
1861
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church
1861-1862
Served as Pastor in Dover, Delaware
1862-1865
Served as Chaplain in U.S. Army during Civil War
1865-1878
Served as Pastor in Upper Octorara, Pa.
1878-1884
Served as Pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church, Rahway, N.J.
1884-1889
Served as Pastor of Central Church, Chambersburg, Pa.
1885
Received honorary DD, Lafayette College
1889
Died in Chambersburg, Pa., December 1

Biographical Information

John Jay Pomeroy was born in Roxbury, Pennsylvania, on September 8, 1834. After graduating from Lafayette College in 1857, he came to Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with the class of 1861. Upon ordination, he began serving as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Dover, Delaware in 1861, the same year the Civil War broke out. In 1862, Pomeroy accepted a position as a chaplain to the Union Army’s 198th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers and continued with them through the end of the War in 1865. He carried five small books with him, along with a portable writing desk, upon which he wrote many letters. These items, as well as others, are contained in this collection. When the Civil War ended, he took the pastorate at churches in Upper Octorara, Pa. (1865-1878); Rahway, N.J. (1878-1884); and Chambersburg, Pa. (1884-1889). He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Lafayette College in 1885.

Extent

2.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Arrangement

The John Jay Pomeroy Collection has been arranged in two series.

Series I: Books

Series II: Correspondence, newspaper articles, family history items, ephemera

Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections: Lloyd’s Official Map of the State of Virginia, 1862; Autograph catalogue, Class of 1861

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Joshua Wilder in Spring 2015 under the supervision of Curator of Special Collections and Archivist Kenneth Henke.
Title
The John Jay Pomeroy Manuscript Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Joshua Wilder
Date
2015
Description rules
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
25 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540 USA